Australian Council on Children and the Media

Hello Kitty Music Party - Kawaii and Cute! - Sanrio Digital Europe

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Hello Kitty Music Party is an entertainment app which requires basic motor and thinking skills. Parents should be cautioned about its connectivity to social media sites such as Facebook, and its options for in-app purchasing, therefore, not suitable for children under 5 and parental guidance to 8.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Hello Kitty Music Party - Kawaii and Cute! was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 3 October 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Hello Kitty Music Party - Kawaii and Cute!
Developed by: Sanrio Digital Europe
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable under 5, parental guidance recommended to 8 due to online connectivity and in-app purchasing.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Hello Kitty Music Party - Kawaii and Cute! contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The game was played for several hours.

App description

Hello Kitty Music Party is an entertainment clicker game, where players help Hello Kitty and her friends throw a big music party. Players pick a song then click on the screen in time to the beat of the music to earn more notes (money/points are represented as notes). If players dance with their device in their hand to the beat of the music, they can also earn more notes. Notes unlock extra characters, buildings and songs, with all these things attracting more partygoers. In addition, downloading the hello kitty game adds a keyboard in iMessage, meaning you can send Hello Kitty stickers in iMessage if this is enabled on your device.

Reviewers comments

Hello Kitty Music Party is a fun and enticing game for young children, with a good choice of music options. However, the app often freezes and exits during playing, which may become frustrating over time. Parents should be aware of options within the app to invite friends, through logging into Facebook and sending them a message encouraging them to download the game and play with you. There is also an option to enter other players ‘Player ID numbers’, so that you can play with other people. In-app purchasing of new music, new characters and other buildings for your town is very accessible and can easily be done by children which could get expensive. No course language was noted within the music sound tracks.

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:

  • Premium Spin $0.99
  • 150 gems $4.99
  • 800 gems $24.99
  • 25 gems $0.99
  • May Birthday Package $9.99
  • 310 gems $9.99
  • Double notes FOREVER! $4.99
  • 2000 gems $49.99
  • Double daily gems FOREVER! $4.99

Online information

There is some online connectivity, such as:

  • Options to invite friends via logging onto Facebook through the app: this involves a ‘friend bonus’ which, when you invite friends, you earn game money.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content. If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

There is advertising in this game, including:

  • Advertising for in-app purchasing e.g. new music, new characters, new buildings to make the party more ‘glamourous’.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None noted

Coarse language

None noted

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Please see reviewer’s comments above.

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